Amr Saad - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 19 November 2018: The National Cinema Festival's closing ceremony took place on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Famed Egyptian actor Amr Saad won the Best Actor award from the National Cinema Festival for his role in "Mawlana" (The Preacher).
"Mawlana" was awarded the Best Film prize at Luxor African Film Festival and Saad was awarded the Best Actor prize. Saad was also crowned Best Actor at Tetouan Film Festival.
"Mawlana", adapted from a novel by renowned journalist Ibrahim Eissa, revolves around an influential religious preacher turned TV celebrity whose credibility is shaken when he gets close to politicians and security agencies.
The movie gained praise from both audience and critics despite the controversy surrounding it.
The movie stars Amr Saad, Dorra Zarrouk and Ahmed Magdy and is written by Ibrahim Eissa, directed by Magdy Ahmed Aly and produced by telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris.
Moreover, Egyptian actress Heba Ali won the Best Actress award for her role in “Akhdar Yabes” (Withered Green) movie.
The movie focuses on a woman, Iman, living in an oriental society; she tries to convince her uncles to meet her sister’s suitor in place of their deceased father.
The protagonist is very traditional and strict. However, Iman receives medical news that causes her to rethink her life and question her beliefs.
The movie’s director, Mohammed Hammad, was the first Egyptian to win the Muhr Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Dubai International Film Festival.
He also won a Golden Palm Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Mexico International Film Festival.
The film participated in 45 international film festivals, including the Hamburg International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes and Stockholm International Film Festival.
“Akhdar Yabes” is written and directed by Hammad and stars beside Heba Ali, Asmaa Fawzi, Ahmed Alaidy, and John Ekram Hanna.
Meanwhile, the Best Director award went to acclaimed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed for his film "Al -Aslyeen" (The Originals).
The movie tells the story of a man who loses his job to a younger employee.
He is beset by anxiety and depression, something he has never experienced before. One day, he is given a cell phone and finds out that he has been spied on since the day he was born.
The spies, known as “The Originals”, ask him to work for them. He agrees because he is unemployed and needs the money. He plans in the end to leave them and start his own business.
"Al -Aslyeen" stars Maged al-Kedwany, Menna Shalaby, Khaled el-Sawy, Kinda Alloush, Mohamed Mamdouh, Ahmed Fahmy, and rising stars Layla Fawzy and Khaled al-Zahaby.
The movie was written by acclaimed Egyptian novelist and scriptwriter Ahmed Mourad and directed by famous Egyptian director Marwan Hamed.
It is worth mentioning that Hamed won the Best Director award from Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal.